EXCLUSIVE: Miami Beach ATV Accident Victim Recalls Fateful Night
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MIAMI (CBS4) – As she recovers, the man allegedly who put Kitzie Nicanor in her hospital bed at Jackson Memorial Hospital is out on bond.
Nicanor was on visiting South Florida when she made the fateful decision to go for a walk on Miami Beach.
“I came here on vacation to visit my parents I was out but was I doing something stupid? No, I was just going for a walk,” said Nicanor.
Police say while she was on the shoreline, Nicanor and her friend Luis Almonte, 29, were hit by an all-terrain vehicle, driven by on-duty Miami Beach Police officer Derik Kulian.
Kulian had allegedly been drinking and partying along with fellow officer Rolando Gutierrez at a bachelorette party at the Clevelander Hotel before Kulian got behind the wheel of the ATV with a female passenger. He and Gutierrez were later fired from the department over the incident.
The accident left Nicanor with a perforated heart, broken femur, and a spleen so badly damaged, it had to be removed. Almonte also reportedly suffered a broken femur.
“I am suffering. I have a child. I’m supposed to be on vacation,” said Nicanor.
Kulian turned himself into Miami Beach Tuesday and was charged with four third-degree felony counts, including DUI with serious injury. Each count could mean up to five years behind bars. He was released hours later on bond.
“I wake up every day crying because I can’t see my son while they are out having a good time because they have bail,” cried Nicanor.
Nicanor is recalling the events from that night because she has just regained her memory. Her only wish is to be reunited with her one year old son, whom she has not seen since the accident on July 3rd.
“Every day I miss my son I been away because I’m locked up in a room I don’t deserve to be in,” said Nicanor.